Should I buy a Palm Pixi Plus, or Palm Pre (the original)?
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If you are of the tinkering type, Preware will help with speeding up the device by installing a couple "disable logging" patches. Enabling Compcache in Govnah will help a bit as well. The Pixi will still be really responsive with 5-8 applications open.
However the phone is rather outdated now in comparison with the type of phones that are available now (hd video recording, higher megapixel camera, higher screen resolution, 1ghz processor as standard etc)
webOS 2 has been promised to come to all the original devices, so the Pre, Pixi, and their "Plus" variants. When that'll happen, who knows. I've used a test build of webOS 2.1 on another Sprint Pre and it's very exciting. It'll need some overclocking though, it felt slower than my 1GHz Pre. The nicest part, for me at least, was that all the OS animations were incredibly smooth.
In about a week, we should have new devices to discuss anyway :)